Ramadan traditions in the time of coronavirus

SourceKuwait Times
SectorHealthcare
CountryKuwait

By Shakir Reshamwala Ramadan is a time of piety and prayers, fasting and feasting, and spending time with family and friends. Last year, the holy month was a surreal experience, with all mosques closed, most shops shuttered, a 16-hour curfew and people confined at home. This year the situation is much better, as mosques are open for prayers, but a 10-hour curfew is in place. The coronavirus outbreak and the resulting lockdowns and curfews disrupted many of Kuwait’s unique Ramadan traditions that have been observed by generations of citizens and residents of this country as a source of comfort and belonging. These traditions all involve gathering in some form, especially during the night, but a ban on gatherings has put paid to these customs.

Even the mainstay of Kuwait’s social life – gathering in diwaniyas – is banned. The first victim of social distancing has been graish – the traditional pre-Ramadan feast when family members and even neighbors gather before the onset...read more...